Belfast Telegraph

Ofcom will not investigate Coronation Street episode featuring controlled crying

Viewers saw the parents struggle with the technique, which was shown to have mixed results.

A Coronation Street episode featuring scenes of controlled crying which sparked more than 130 complaints will not be investigated by Ofcom.

Viewers saw Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) and Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) struggle with the technique, which was shown to have mixed results.

Jane Danson

Controlled crying is a method which divides opinion and is used by some parents to help their babies teach themselves to get to sleep.

It involves letting a child cry for brief periods until they learn to self-soothe.

Viewers recently saw Steve propose to Leanne, the mother of his child.

Simon Gregson arriving for the 2009 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards

A spokesman for the broadcasting watchdog said it assessed but would not be investigating the episode, which aired on July 31.

A spokesman said: “We considered complaints that this episode promoted ‘controlled crying’, a parenting method which attracts strong views.

“We found the plot centred around the relationship between two characters, and did not promote a view on whether controlled crying is appropriate or effective.”

The episode sparked 132 complaints.


From Belfast Telegraph